Although it’s still hot out, fall is just around the corner. Gear up for the 2019-20 program year by getting up-to-speed on FACS’ advocacy and programs!
Electric School Buses in Fairfax County
Together, we are joining voices of students, nonprofits and community members to ask Fairfax County to transition its diesel school buses to electric school buses. Read our ask to the Fairfax County Public School Board. Want to get more involved? Email email@example.com.
Joint Environmental Task Force
FACS’ Executive Director, Meg Mall, was appointed as a member on Fairfax County’s Joint Environmental Task Force. The task force—called JET for short—was jointly created in April by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board. The first meeting will be in September. Stay plugged in for opportunities to provide input.
C- PACE Request for Proposal in Fairfax
On July 19, 2019, Fairfax County issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Program Administrator to administer the county’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency (C-PACE) program. According to county staff, the final program is scheduled for launch by the end of the year. This program, which provides low-cost financing of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water savings projects for a period of up to 30 years, is eligible to nonprofit organizations, including religious institutions. Stay tuned in the fall to learn more about the how your organization can take advantage of this opportunity. Find more information here.
Daniels Run Peace Church recently installed two electric vehicle charging stations. Interested in installing EV charging stations at your congregation? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On July 30th an energetic group of faith communities came together at Unity of Fairfax to learn, discuss and understand how they can become better stewards of the environment. Fairfax County agencies spoke about their Greening resources, ranging from participation in upcoming focus groups for the Community Energy and Climate Action Plan, resources for trees, community gardens, funding opportunities and information about recycling. Materials from the event will be available on the FACS website soon. FACS executive director, Meg Mall, spoke about FACS’ advocacy and programs in Fairfax County. She also spoke of the importance to protecting and lifting up the voices of those most affected by climate change – people with disabilities, lower-income families, the elderly and people of color.
FACS Board of Directors Seeking New Board Members
The FACS Board of Directors is seeking new members to join the board this September. The Board is recruiting new board members who are enthusiastic about local climate action, strategic planning, advocacy and organizing community events. Do you have a background in finance, communications, fund development or outreach? If so, please consider a role on the board. We also welcome folks to volunteer their time to join a specific FACS committee that supports the board. If you are interested in learning more about the FACS Board of Directors or board committees reach out to email@example.com.
Become a climate advocate! Meet people impacted directly by the climate emergency and hear their stories. Learn from guest speaker experts. See former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Presentation illustrating how the climate emergency impacts every aspect of your life. Understand how the Green New Deal VA equitably addresses the climate emergency to make prosperity, clean air and water, and economic security fully available to all through a transition to clean, renewable sources of energy. Register Here!
This fall, through a partnership between Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA), Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, and Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, pastors, rabbis, imams, and other clergy in congregations across the region will be raising up Creation care and climate change as part of their sermons at weekly services and through other learning programs. Throughout Virginia, congregations will be inviting their communities to better care for Creation: at home, in our congregations, in our local governments, and around the world.
Sign up at ipldmv.org/climatepulpits to commit your congregation to raising up climate during the weekend of November 15-17, or any weekend this fall. You are invited to participate in a way that best fits your community. This could include inviting a guest speaker, hosting a coffee hour discussion, or organizing a workshop.
Ready-to-use resources for raising up climate justice from the pulpit, including bulletin inserts and sermon helpers, in English and Spanish, will be available later this summer.
The Conservation Assistance Program (CAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives, technical, and educational assistance to places of worship in Fairfax County who are dedicated to installing eligible stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP’s) or energy efficiency projects. For more information click here or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When considering the wide range of problems we face as a global community, I sometimes get overwhelmed. From systemic racial injustice to climate change it is hard to know where to put my energy, and while I recognize it is all connected I am not always sure what the best pressure points are. And this is not to say that I have found an answer to my question. But a fact I keep coming back to is that we, as a community, are extremely wasteful, and this tendency to discard is a direct reflection of what we value. We have created an economy built on unsustainable methods of production, and have forced poor communities and communities of color to deal with the consequences.